The Order of Service at Westminster Abbey; Music before the service –
Ashley Grote, assistant organist, plays Sonata No 2 Op 87a in B flat, The
Severn Suite, Edward Elgar (introduction arranged by Ivor Atkins);
Toccata; Fugue; Cadenza, Coda; Sonata V BWV 529, Johann Sebastian Bach;
Allegro Largo, Allegro; Crown Imperial, William Walton; Fantasy on St
Columba, Kenneth Leighton, The King of Love My Shepherd is; Jesus bleibet
meine Freude, Johann Sebastian Bach, from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
BWV 147; Bridal March, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, from The Birds of
Aristophanes (arranged by Walter Alcock)
Order of service
remain standing. The choir sings The Introit, William McKie, Psalm 48:
8-9; 118: 25b, organist of Westminster Abbey, 1941-63. Composed for the
wedding of Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth and His Royal
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, November 20, 1947. All remain standing to
sing the hymn, O Praise Ye the Lord, during which the collegiate
procession, together with Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The
Duke of Edinburgh, moves to places in the South Lantern, Quire, and
Sacrarium Laudate Dominum 427NEH, Henry Williams Baker, Charles Hubert
Hastings Parry after Psalm 150 from the anthem Hear My Words, Ye People
(introductory fanfare by James O’Donnell after Parry, last verse brass
arrangement by Richard Barnes). All remain standing.
The Very Rev
Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, says the bidding: “God is love, and
those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” “Welcome to
the Collegiate Church of St Peter’s Westminster, where 60 years ago began
the marriage of our Sovereign Lady the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
With them we give thanks to Almighty God that, as we love one another, God
lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. We give thanks for God’s
continuing blessing on their life together . . . Let us complete these
thanksgivings and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us: The Lord’s
Prayer.” All sit. The Right Rev Sheilagh Kesting, Moderator of the General
Assembly of the Church of Scotland, reads Isaiah 61: 8b-11. All remain
seated. The choir sings Psalm 67, Edward Bairstow. His Royal Highness
Prince William of Wales reads 1 John 4: 7-16. All stand to sing the hymn,
Come Down, O Love Divine (Down Ampney 137 NEH Italian, Bianco da Siena,
Ralph Vaughan Williams, translated by Richard Frederick Littledale).
sit for the address by the Most Rev and Right Honourable Dr Rowan
Williams, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and
Metropolitan. All remain seated. Choir sings These Three (Richard Rodney
Bennett from 1 Corinthians 13, commissioned by Dean and Chapter for this
The Rev Graeme Napier, minor canon of Westminster, leads
the prayers; then the Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales;
Commissioner Elizabeth Matear, Salvation Army; the Most Rev Gerard
Clifford, Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh; the Rev Mary Buchanan, United
Reformed Church; the minor canon concludes. All stand to sing the hymn The
Lord’s My Shepherd (Crimond 459 NEH Psalm 23, melody by Jessie Seymour
Irvine in Scottish Psalter 1650, descant by William Baird Ross).
sit. Dame Judi Dench reads Diamond Wedding (Andrew Motion, composed for
this service). All stand. The Choir sings Deus Caritas, I John 4: 16
(James O’Donnell, after the plainsong antiphon, Ubi caritas et amor,
composed for this service). The Archbishop prays for Her Majesty and His
Royal Highness. All remain standing. The choir sings The Aaronic Blessing
(John Rutter, Numbers 6: 24-26).
The Dean pronounces the blessing.
All remain standing to sing the National Anthem (Thesaurus Musicus,
arranged by Gordon Jacob). All remain standing. Dean invites Her Majesty
and His Royal Highness to view the Abbey’s register, in which the
registration of their wedding on November 20, 1947, is displayed.
after the service: Toccata in F BuxWV 156 (Dietrich Buxtehude).
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